Friday, October 07, 2011

A Second Declaration of Independence In Our Time--BUT: Yesterday, in response to these ever-so-hopeful Occupy Wall Street demos all over the country I wrote something about it below. BUT I want to add while these protests on Wall Street are just what the doctor ordered I FEAR what happened in 1968 when the Democratic VP incumbent Hubert Humphrey lost the presidency to the nauseating Republican Nixon because of such strong protest against the Vietnam War and other causes of the left. I do NOT want this to happen again to a Democrat. I do NOT want a repeat performance. In the final analysis it will be OUR Democratic president Obama against most probably Mitt Romney. Whoever the Republican party nominee is we cannot, through our protest, sacrifice this election to the Republican.

Obama can be criticized but NO president has suffered the opposition he has and make no mistake race is embedded in this impossible oppositional Republican House in Congress. Let us protest that the president can hear our plea so he can act as he might have done without such impossible Republican hateful opposition. We MUST overturn this know nothing House of Representatives and let the president do what he stated in his campaign. Here is what I posted:

Occupy Wall Street in New York put forth an enumeration of its grievances against the multi-billion dollar corporate takeover of our government and the Citizen United permission slip for its plundering of our country obliterating the great middle class of our entire electorate.

This is an IMPORTANT movement and MUST continue. The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City is similar to the list of grievances the colonists brought against Charles III of England in 1776 presenting a justification for our revolution and its first Declaration of Independence. Our first Declaration of Independence had as its prime mover its anger against certain corporate strangleholds and the power they and the government in England had against the unrepresented individual in its colonies. In 2011 the Occupy Wall Street Declaration and its rationales have an eerie similarity to the first. It was riveting and brilliant then as is the Second one in our time.

Our Second Declaration grievances are as follows. I quote:

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited from the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

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